August is a time of new beginnings. That goes for everyone. In the NFL, teams are reporting to training camps and players are gearing up for the season with a few easy preseason games–at least for those that already have a guaranteed job. For basketball players, many of them start working out hardcore again in August, having taken some time off to rest and let the body heal up earlier in the summer.
It goes the same way for us, too. How many of y’all are gearing up for school by going on shopping binges and copping every conceivable pair of kicks that you can get your hands on? Trust, you aren’t the only one. That’s because in Style Points, it’s never about what you do but how you do it, and whether you looking good while doing it. These five proved that over the past week.
In this edition of Style Points: DeMarcus Cousins Drop 91; Drew Brees Needs Some Higher Madden Ratings.
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Um…91 points, though? And Eric Bledsoe scored 85?! We get that there was no defense being played here during this Back To School Celebrity Basketball Game down in Birmingham, but still…I haven’t seen KD or LeBron getting those types of numbers in offseason pickup ball. Cousins is currently having his issues with Sacramento management, but it appears his game is more than ready to do some talking next season.
The homegrown Compton son is showing out for the city all summer long at the Drew League, and he recently put superstar James Harden on notice with a couple of ridiculous highlight-reel plays. Hoopmixtape was in the house and they got a first-hand look at DeRozan’s improved jumper, a variety of interesting pivot moves, as well as his patented, out-the-gym athleticism. That included an alley-oop caught on the Beard’s head and a 360-degree layup finish at the rim.
JACKIE BRADLEY JR.
It’s not like the Boston right fielder is having an excellent year or anything. Right now, his numbers are pretty minuscule–.148 batting average, two home runs, nine RBI–for a club that’s fallen a dozen games behind the Yankees in the AL East standings. But we have to give props where they’re deserved, and the 25-year-old did have a big day recently against Detroit, hitting a home run and driving in five while also mimicking Willie Mays with this incredible, over-the-shoulder catch.
Can we talk about how much Drake has been winning lately? There’s the whole beef thing that I’m sure you’ve probably read a word or two about. But there was also the 6 God’s show at OVO Fest, which included a PowerPoint destruction of Meek Mill, and a couple of head-turning fashion statements. The ones most relevant to us? Well, Aubrey helped launch the new uniform look for the Toronto Raptors by rocking the new black, gold, and white away alternate jersey on stage. He also donned the super-hyped “OVO” edition of the Air Jordan VIII. This year has been like one long victory lap for the king of hip-hop. Just wait until he finally releases that album…
Quarterbacks in the NFL never cease to amaze me. Now part of that might be because I’m a lifelong Bills fan who hasn’t seen a remotely good signal-caller since the days when we were hating on Flutie. But most of it stems from the fact that these guys–Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Brees–have a unique skill that can’t be replicated or overstated. Hitting a tiny moving target like this…and doing it from 20 yards out? Even the Madden designers over at EA Sports had to call this one out on Twitter. (Yes, guys, he does need a boost in accuracy.) This is why Brees has thrown for at least 5,000 yards in four of the past seven seasons.
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